Saturday, 28 November 2015

2nd Dutch/Belgian Brigade in 6mm

I am punching forward with finishing the Allied I Corps for Blücher based on the 100 Days Campaign cards. The next completed unit is the 2nd Dutch/Belgian Brigade of 3rd Netherlands Division. This brigade was commanded by Maj-Gen. d'Aubreme and consisted of 3rd (Dutch) Line, 12th (Dutch) Line, 13th (Dutch) Line, 3rd (Dutch) Militia, 10th (Dutch) Militia,  3rd (Belgian) Jaeger and 36th (Belgian) Jager.

The 3rd Netherland Division remained in reserve on the extreme west of the Allied line during the Battle of Waterloo. However, they were thrust into the fray against the Imperial Guard towards the close of the action. The units in the brigade have no flags as I discovered that the Dutch/Belgian units at Waterloo were only awarded their colours after the campaign had come to a close, this made things a bit easier for me but I have now ended up with a lot of single figure flag bearers...

As mentioned this brigade had no less than seven battalions in its numbers. Two of these battalions were the Jaegers, so I modelled these as the skirmishers at the front of the unit. I only included four figures, although there were two battalions of them, as I didn't want to crowd the base too much as the base is already crowded with the five battalions of line and militia. However, this also works nicely as a visual shorthand for 'overstrength' units in the Blücher rules. It is easy to spot the 'overstrength' units on the tabletop, without having to refer to the base label in the heat of action.

The blue uniforms also add a splash of colour to the otherwise red ranks of I Corps. Now I only have a handful of brigades to finish to finish off the infantry elements of I Corps. Beyond this there is the three cavalry bases and maybe my first artillery unit!

Thanks for reading and check back for further updates!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

2nd KGL Brigade in 6mm

This unit of the 2nd King's German Legion gave me a few sleepless nights trying to work out what to do with them for Blücher. The brigade was made up of two line battalions and two light battalions and the light battalions were equipped and fought much the same way as the celebrated Rifles in other British units. With this in mind I was told that the skirmishers would not fight in formation, so I set about covering the front of the base in individual riflemen.

However, I later found out that Light battalions would only deploy half their number as skirmishers, the others fighting in ranks. By this time I had already completed the basing and was moving on to another base! So this is why this base looks like it does:

In the future, I may go back and revisit this base, but for now I am half-happy with how it looks.

This Brigade was led by Col. Baron Ompteda and defended La Haye Sainte on the day of Waterloo. All the figures are from Baccus and the flags were sourced from Napflags, I resized them for 6mm and printed them.

With another Brigade finished (for now) for I Corps of the Allied army, I am not far off finishing the full corps.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

More Star Wars Bits

In between the Blücher bases and The Great War miniatures, I found little time to paint some more of the 15mm Star Wars project I have been slowly putting together. The first are this batch of killer robots. They came from Ground Zero Games and look a little like the bounty hunter IG-88. I had to bend the arms on some of the figures to give them a better pose and couple snapped in the process. However, superglue came to the rescue.

It was a very basic paint job of undercoated in black, drybrushed with successive layers of gun metal and finally Games Workshop's Mithrill Silver.

Second up in this batch are a group of Highlander Studios' 'Minions'. These are much better than the Khurasan Stormtroopers; they are a correct height and proportion and the poses are far better in my mind. Also the blasters are more representative of the ones in the film.

I have another forty 'Minions' to paint, but before I go blind with the white I am trying to finish off my 6mm 1st Corps for the 100 Days Campaign, so they will have to wait a little while longer.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Last British for The Great War

I finished the Germans from The Great War board game the other week, so I pushed on and finished off their British counterparts. They were again mounted on the magnetic bases that I made a while back. Here are the last three infantry units.

Here is the bomber figure with four more infantry:

And the machine gun and mortar units.

As with the Germans, there are seventy five British figures in total that come with The Great War game. Its a good amount of figures that look great all together:

As I keep mentioning, I doubled up on the Kickstarter deal for The Great War, which means I have another seventy five British figures that are unpainted. I will paint them in the future, but for now, I am a little sick of khaki, so that is a project on the backburner for a while! Last Sunday, Ninjasurus Rex and I tried out the new movement boards in a game and they work really well. The magnetic properties are not too string to damage paint or the figures when you remove casualties and they make moving the figures around a whole load easier!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Storming the Barrikady Factory 17th October 1942 AAR

A few months ago I finished off the complete army list for the Rapid Fire! scenario 'Storming the Red Barricades Factory 17th October 1942' from the RF Third Supplement. These figures were put together as a single project and were scenario specific and on Saturday, Ninjasaurus Rex, Dean and myself gathered together to play the scenario out.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Last Germans for The Great War

As I decided to finish off The Great War board game plastic figures I had a big push and hammered out the last sprue of twenty five Germans. Here they are on the magnetic bases that I also made recently.

That finally makes seventy five Germans, including mortars, MGs and bombers. This is the entire set of figures you get with the basic game, so it means I can now play the game using the correct figures!

So there is still another sprue of British to finish off, which won't take so long. As I mentioned before, I doubled up on the Kickstarter offer and actually have double this amount of figures, still sitting on their sprues. They will have to wait for another day though.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Another Batch of The Great War Brits Finished!

In an attempt to finish of the base set of figures that come with The Great War board game from Plastic Soldier Company,  I have completed another third of the British. Another twenty five down and twenty five to go. Here are the infantry, all based on magnets and the metal paper bases that I showed you in the previous post:

The machine gun and crew all fit nicely on a single base:

The bomber and his associates fit on one of my larger bases:


As does the mortar and crew. Unfortunately, the mortar legs hover slightly above the base, but I won't lose any sleep over it.

So it's all downhill from here, with only one more sprue of these figures to complete (for now I'm ignoring the three other sprues that came with my Kickstarter game...). Check back to see the rest when they are finished off. 

Thanks for reading!